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"Every scientist worth his salt that I know of has read science fiction."
- Greg Bear

Tracking Bracelet  
  A security device armed with explosives.  

The planet Yildakezer 7 (Chissoku Bogmak) is an authoritarian, monarchist, and crushingly sexist place. The customs officers require ALL offworlders to wear a bracelet like this. It has personal information -- including age. This is relative to the age of consent, and also relative to the seperate age of responsibility, which does not exist for women. A tracking device and an explosive booby trap are also included.

She tensed her muscles and pushed her arm a thumbwidth further into the bracelet machine than he would have allowed if he hadn't been preoccupied…

When the machine finished its complicated clashing about her arm, she withdrew it…

'The bracelet will be removed when you leave… Do not attempt to remove it or otherwise tamper with it before then. If you do, it will blow your hand off.'

From Shadowspeer, by Patricia Jo Clayton.
Published by Unknown in 1990
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Various tracking bracelets and monitoring devices are available. Martha Stewart, sentenced to five months of home monitoring, sports the BI 9000, the latest in "offender management solutions" from BI Corporation. This 3.5 ounce ankle bracelet is connected wirelessly to a base station installed in the home.

The transmitter is worn by an offender and the field monitoring device is connected to the existing power and phone lines in the offender's home. Using radio frequency technology, the receiver monitors the presence or absence of an offender within a specified range. Should the offender leave the specified range area, the curfew violation is reported to BI's GuardCenter® or the monitoring system at the agency's site.

One of the most recent is the BluTag, from Satellite Tracking of People LLC. FCC approval has just been given for the BluTag, a new wearable GPS ankle bracelet for tracking ex-cons and people on probation or house arrest. It comes with built-in GSM/GPRS transmitter for automatically transmission of your location to the authorities.

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